Dr. Heather Harewood has a wealth of experience in the area of public health and epidemiology. She has been involved in the administration and delivery of the Masters in Public Health(MPH) Programme at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in Barbados since 2009, initially as an Associate Lecturer prior to joining the faculty full-time in 2015. Apart from academic training, her current contributions build upon her previous experience as a Medical Officer of Health, at the Ministry of Health Barbados, with overall administrative responsibility for the delivery of Public Health and primary care services to a geographically defined catchment area. Additionally, she has been in significant research projects including A Qualitative Exploration of the Factors Influencing
Exclusive Breastfeeding among Women in Barbados: The Implications for Policy and Practice (completed May 2021) and “Psychological First Aid in Disasters: An Adaptation for First Responders and Community Leaders in Barbados” which was funded by the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO).
Apart from Dr. Harewood's involvement in the MPH, she is the Joint Programme Coordinator of the EMBA-Health Care Management programme (launched in 2021) and the Programme Coordinator of UWI-PAHO Postgraduate Programmes in Health Policy and Health Systems (launched in 2022).
She was appointed to the UWI Cave Hill COVID-19 Public Health Group, the Reproductive Health Committee of the Ministry of Health and Wellness in Barbados, and as a collaborator on the Global Burden of Disease with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.